by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591


"God Says 'No' So We Can Live 'Yes'--To Taking God's Name
Exodus 20:7

Sunday, 9/10/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

"You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord
will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." Pretty strong
words. What did He mean? What's the meaning of the name?
God said, "I will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses my name."

What's in a name? When I list the following names, immediately
something symbolic of character or reputation will jump out in your
mind: Donald Trump, Rolls Royce, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Klein,
Cindy Crawford. Not always is that true, but most of the time it is,
and that's why when you as parents choose your child's name, it is
very significant. You just don't grab a name; you think about it; you
pray about it; you look at different names to choose and finally you
realize the name that you choose will be significant to you and that

In the Bible it was no less true because nearly every Bible name
meant something. You take the name of Sarah, or Ruth; Naomi or
Abraham; all of those names carried a meaning. Yet not always
does a name carry meaning. You may have seen that ad in the
paper sometime ago which said: "Lost. One dog; left ear bitten off
in a dogfight; left rear hip injured; right leg missing because of auto
accident; right eye gone; brown-haired with a few bald spots. Goes
by the name 'Lucky.'" So, it doesn't always match up.

If a mother says to a child, "Now, your father is going to talk to you
about that," it gets some attention. Or, someone says to a student,
"The teacher is looking for you," that gets your attention. These
words, "The police are at the door with a search warrant," would
certainly get some attention because the position carries authority
with the name. So ...

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